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Wars are fought as a result of hopeless politically-driven agendas In the case of the War in Vietnam the purpose for engaging in War for both Americans and Vietnamese differed in many aspects The most evident was the fact that the Americans were not as driven as the Vietnamese since they were fighting someone elses war in another country in order to preserve their ideology of democracy in the region In contrast the Vietnamese risked their lives to preserve their homeland tradition and culture against foreign invaders The fabric of War proved to be detrimental to soldiers and families as portrayed in Bao Ninhs novel Sorrow of War and Dang Naht Minhs film When the Tenth month comes The essence of the two literary works criticize War as a destructive tool transforming a person in a negative war crushing hopes and dreams and in the end fostering sorrow and despair Despite this sorrow caused by War the experiences of human relations gives optimism that transcends the sorrow and despair In both the Sorrow of War and When the tenth month comes the respective protagonists Kien and Duyen struggle with the mourning process from the trauma of the post-war They are constantly haunted by the memories of the War However they manage to come to terms with their traumatized past and transcend their sufferings using different coping mechanisms such as human relations and accepting the reality of their situation Kien is devoted to his communist ideals and fulfills his national duty by joining the War however his journey makes him encounter the awful reality of how humans react to War Likewise Duyens devotion to her family and village is tested when she finds out about the death of her husband For Duyen her loss is too much to bear consequently her reality and deception coalesce as she tries to maintain her facade Vietnamese cinema has integrated sorrow and mourning as a
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